Miami-based Doroni Aerospace announced Friday that its all-electric flying car, the Doroni H1, has received an official airworthiness certificate from US regulatory authority the FAA.
Doroni claims to be the first company to test manned flights with a two-seat flying electric car in the US. The H1 took flight earlier this year, and CEO Doron Merdinger successfully piloted the personal electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft on business trips/flights this summer.
“This is not just a milestone for our company, it is a leap forward for the entire field of personal air mobility. Electric flying car redefines urban transport. We already have more than 370 pre-orders for it,” says Doron Murdy.
Equipped with ten independent powertrains, the all-electric flying car has a top speed of 225 km/h (cruising speed 160 km/h) and a range of 96.5 km. Its unique design ensures stability during flight.
The flying car has four channels containing two electric motors with patented channel propellers. Eight — for vertical flight with an additional «two pushes».
The two-seater aircraft is designed to fit in a garage for two cars, 7 m long and 4.26 m wide. It also has fast charging (20%-80%) in less than 20 minutes.
Doroni claims that one of the first customers of the flying car was a doctor who wants to use the car to avoid traffic jams on the way to work.. However, to do this you need to get a certificate — a minimum of a 20-hour flight course, 15 hours with an instructor and another 5 hours on your own.
The most common version is expected to be the use of an eVTOL as an air taxi, although the manufacturer is hoping for mass demand as the Doroni electric flying car is not only designed to take you from point A to point B, but also gives you the opportunity to “enjoy nature”.
The company expects to produce around 120-125 of these vehicles, but subsequently the startup plans to increase the production scale to 2,500 eVTOLs per year.